Mapping Noise Pollution Data Using GPS

The goal of this activity is to learn how to collect data using a GPS receiver and create a map. In this activity, you will start by recording noise levels in various locations on campus or near your neighborhood. You will use a GPS receiver to mark a waypoint at each spot. Then, you will download the data from the GPS receiver using DNRGPS software. After bringing the data into the ArcGIS software and you will create a small-sized map to be used as a figure in a lab report.

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this activity should be able to:

  • Conduct a data collection project using a GPS receiver
  • Practice downloading data from a GPS receiver using DNRGPS software
  • Demonstrate how to save one or more GPX files as a single shapefile.
  • Perform a table join in ArcMap
  • Apply classification methods to quantitative data